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Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

A woman went through an east Madison fast-food drive-thru paying with counterfeit bills three times in the same day, according to police. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman used fake $20 bills to purchase inexpensive food items at Wendy's on East Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, driving an older red SUV, made three separate purchases within an hour.

The manager going through the cash from the till found the fake bills and called police, according to the report. The manager said the restaurant's protocol is to ink test large bills, but the three bills that were accepted were not tested.

The woman is described as white, in her 20s to 30s, with long dirty blonde hair and a tattoo on her upper right chest.

Two of the fake $20s had the serial number JE58590236C; the other bill had the number JD95368601C, police said.

Police use tire deflation device to stop suspected impaired driver

Police use tire deflation device to stop suspected impaired driver

Police said officers had to use a tire-deflation device to stop a reportedly impaired driver on the north side of Madison early Saturday.

Madison police said an officer attempted to pull over 27-year-old Chaz Morris, of Madison, on suspicion of speeding as he drove on East Washington Avenue and Reindahl Avenue at 12:37 a.m.

Morris did not stop and fled the officer, according to the report. Another officer was nearby the pursuit and was able to put a tire-deflation device in the roadway that Morris drove over, deflating the vehicles front tires.

Morris pulled over and fled from the car on foot, police said. Officers chased Morris and were able to take him into  custody.

Police said Morris smelled of marijuana and officers found several bags of marijuana on him.

Morris was charged with operating while impaired, possession with intent to deliver, eluding, obstructing and several traffic offenses, according to the report.

Fire officials: Preschool-aged boy starts fire that damaged closet

Fire officials: Preschool-aged boy starts fire that damaged closet

Fire officials said a closet and clothes were damaged in a fire Wednesday night reportedly started by a preschool-aged boy.

The Madison Fire Department said a fire crew responded to a report of a fire at a residence on the 1800 block of Northport Drive at 10:21 p.m.

Crews entering the apartment saw light smoke, according to the report. The fire was in a back bedroom where large amount of clothes hanging in the closet and on the floor appeared to have started on fire. Some were still burning.

The fire was contained to the to the closet, the fire department said. The closet was damaged including clothes lying around the outside of the closet and the contents inside. The crew set up fans to ventilate the apartment.

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

A concerned driver followed a vehicle nearly four miles in Madison after he told police he saw the vehicle strike a car and a van Monday night, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a person driving near the 2300 block of Calypso Road on Madison's north side followed a suspected drunken driver beginning at 8:27 p.m.

According to the report, the uninvolved driver and passenger saw a vehicle rear end an occupied car and a parked van and drive off. The concerned driver followed the vehicle, suspecting the driver was intoxicated, about four miles southeast where the alleged hit-and-run driver pulled into a West Corporate Drive parking lot.

The car was seriously damaged, police said. One tire was gone and the vehicle had been driving on a rim. The driver walked away and the two citizens followed on foot, staying with the suspected drunken driver until police arrived.

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Police: Purse snatcher punches woman in face

Police: Purse snatcher punches woman in face

A woman was punched several times in the face by a woman who took her purse from her, according to a release from Madison police.

The 40-year-old victim told police she was walking along Northport Drive near Troy Drive Saturday night when she crossed paths with two other women. She said one of the women grabbed the strap of her purse.

The struggle for the purse ended when the robber began punching the woman in the face.

The victim told police the second woman was rooting the first woman on but didn?t get involved.

The robber is described as black, in her early to mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with a heavy build and orange tinted hair worn in a bob style. She was wearing a white and pink top.

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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.